We had a wonderful time at our Harvest Celebration! We enjoyed sharing about our costumes, eating yummy treats, and performing our "Five Little Pumpkins" song! Thank you for all those that donated, contributed, and attended to help with the celebrations!
View some friends singing "Five Little Pumpkins" at:
I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween! :0)
We read "Go Away, Big Green Monster!", by Ed Emberley. With this, we discussed how the author - the person who writes the story - used special words to tell us about the monster. For example, instead of saying the monster had a "mouth", the author said the monster has a "big red mouth, with sharp white teeth". We discussed the importance of using words that 'tell us more' when talking about something, or sharing about something. We practiced using this type of vocabulary as we made our very own big green monsters. Once again, we continued to reinforce spatial awareness and the importance of placing facial parts in certain positions. Help me use these words at home as we describe the big green monster together!
We read a Rebus read-along story called "Inside A House That Is Haunted" by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. This book was extra special because certain words were placed with matching pictures to help us all be able to read together! We discussed the importance of using pictures to help us read.
We also read "Skeleton Meets the Mummy", by Steve Metzger. We then created marshmallow mummies! With this, we practiced our one-to-one correspondence as we put one marshmallow on our mummy, at a time. Help me count all the marshmallows at home!
This week, we learned the letter "P". To make the letter "P" you need a big line down, (back up to the top), and a little curve. We are working to remember to always start our letters at the top!
We made "P" is for peacock crafts in our "My First School Book"! We even talked about how the peacock's beautiful feather's have many circle-like shapes in them, to make other animals believe they are eyes! That is spoooooooky, but it helps the peacock protect itself from other animals. We used this understanding as we created our peacock crafts, being sure to use our shapes and add important details.
"P" is for pumpkin! Throughout the week, we worked in our pumpkin-themed sensory bin as we searched for lettered-pumpkins and matched them to our alphabet chart. We also continued to strengthen fine motor muscles as we rolled pieces of pumpkins out of playdough, for our pumpkin playdough. Additionally, we used our understanding of facial features to make pumpkins at the smart board!
Throughout the week, we worked on reading our "My Pp Book". Ask your child to read it to you at home and take time finding all the "P's" together! Also, review the links to songs and short videos with your child, to practice the letter "P" identification, formation, and letter-sound.
This week, we completed many activities with pumpkins!
First, we each picked a pumpkin from our "Preschool Pumpkin Patch" (pumpkins graciously donated by Mrs. Albano's parents).
We completed a pumpkin investigation! We looked at how many cubes tall the pumpkin was, how many inches round the pumpkin was (using a tape measure from our building materials in the block center), how many lines the pumpkin had, and how much the pumpkin weighed!
We completed many activities and/or created several crafts that helped to continue to develop our spatial awareness; the activities/crafts also allowed us to continue to work on identifying shapes and creating faces (with facial features) just like mat man.
First, we painted a face on our pumpkins!
We also enjoyed learning "Five Little Pumpkins".
We created our very own five little pumpkins craft!
We also watched "Spookley the Square Pumpkin".
We discussed the overall theme of the book - that it's good to be different and unique, and that's what makes each of us special.
Then we practiced cutting skills and strengthened
fine motor muscles as we created our own square pumpkins.
This week we discussed 'family' and the different types of people that can make up a family. We read "Does a Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?" by Eric Carle, and watched "The Family Book" by Todd Parr.
In the dramatic play center, we played 'house' as we took turns taking on various roles in a family.
At the smart board, we worked together to create different houses using various shapes and/or objects that we know. You can play the game, "Make A House", at home by clicking on the link below.
We shared pictures and/or stories of our families, as we discussed the different people that can make up a family. We then created "Family Glyphs" to identify the different people that make up each of our families. Of most importance, we learned that all families are different and that's okay, because that is what makes us (and our family) so very special!
This week, we learned the letter "C".
The letter "C" is just a 'big curve'!
We made "C" is for caterpillar crafts, in our "My First School Book".
We made "C" is for cupcake crafts as we practiced
cutting on a curved line and straight lines.
We've been working hard in our "My Cc Book" as we read along, identify "C" words, and try to color pictures with colors that 'make sense'. Ask your child to read it to you at home and take time finding all the "C's" together! Also, review the links to songs and short videos with your child, to practice the letter "C" identification, formation, and letter-sound.
This week, we learned the letter "B",
as we practiced identifying, listening for, and writing the letter "B"!
To make the letter "B", remember - Big line down, little curve, little curve!
We read "Bubble Bear" by AlphaTales!
We laid on our bellies to find all the words
in the picture that start with "B"!
Some friends also listened to and counted to 20 with "Counting Bubbles"!
We made "B" is for butterfly crafts, in our "My First School Book".
At the sensory table, we searched for bugs! We practiced sorting and counting what bugs we found into little containers. We had to use these special tweezers to make sure we didn't touch the bugs! This helped to continue strengthen fine motor muscles, while we practiced the 'open-close' concept.
At the math center, we added buttons to Pete the Cat's shirt! We had to look at the number on each page, and put that many buttons on the shirt. If we weren't sure what number was on the page, we would count the pages, in order, from left to right, to listen for the number we said while we pointed to the page we were looking at. We were great problem solvers and hard workers!
At our literacy center, we read our "My Bb Book".
Ask your child to read it to you at home and take time finding all the "B's" together! Also, review the links to songs and short videos with your child, to practice the letter "B" identification, formation, and letter-sound.
This week, we've been busy learning about the letter "A".
"A" is for Alligator
We sung, "Alligator, alligator, down by the lake. I'm reaching in to see what you ate!". With this, we reached into our alligator's mouth to pull out words that all started with the letter, "A". Some things the alligator ate were acorns, apples, ants, aprons, airplanes, etc.
We read "Adventures of Abby the Alligator" by AlphaTales. We also made "A" is for Alligator crafts with the letter, "A". We practiced forming and writing the letter, "A".
"A" is for Apple
We enjoyed our music movement, "Way Up High In An Apple Tree", as we counted along and sang!
We read "The Apple Pie Tree" by Zoe Hall. We then strengthened our fine motor muscles as we made apple pies! This activity also helped us to practice following two-to-three step directions. Lastly, we tried to count the apples we added to our apple pies!
We enjoyed tasting green, red, and yellow apples! We shared which one we liked best on our Apple Tasting Graph, and discussed the results.
At our math center, we 'picked' (or took away) the correct number of apples indicated by the die we spun on the smart board! We also sorted uppercase and lowercase "Aa's" at the smart board. At our fine motor center, we added apples to our apple trees, and worked on our cutting skills as we cut apples.
At our literacy center, we read our "My Aa Book".
Ask your child to read it to you at home!
Also, review the links to songs and short videos with your child, to practice the letter "A" identification, formation, and letter-sound. Also, to make an "A" at home, remember: "Big line down, Big line down, Little line across".
We were AMAZING! What an AWESOME week!